Le Mans Series heads to Italy

The duel between the Audi and Peugeot diesel sports cars enthralled the spectators at the Le Mans Series season opener in Barcelona. Round two follows at Monza. Audi Sport Team Joest once again faces a difficult task as Le Mans Series newcomer: The Audi R10 TDI has never completed a lap at Monza. With its long straights, fast corners and slow chicanes the Italian Grand Prix track has a unique character for which the optimum set-up must be found. The 1000-kilometre race at Monza starts on Sunday (27 April) at 12:50 p.m. Eurosport broadcasts the opening stages live from 12:45 p.m. and transmits the race highlights between 11:00 and 11:30 p.m. Facts & figures The driver teams at Monza #1 Dindo Capello/Allan McNish#2 Alexandre Prémat/Mike RockenfellerDindo Capello about Monza: "My home track has four very fast straights. The speeds are comparable with those seen in Le Mans. Braking for the first and second chicane is decisive. You have to find a good compromise between top speed and downforce." Interesting factsMonza hosts a LMS race for the fourth time after 2004, 2005 and 2007 ...

Monza was the scene of the first LMS race in history on 9 May 2004 ...

Audi celebrated a one-two-three with the R8 then ...

Dindo Capello and Allan McNish were on the podium at Monza in 2004 ...

Alexandre Prémat knows Monza from the GP2 series, Mike Rockenfeller started there already in the LMS, in the FIA GT Championship and in the Porsche Supercup ... Alexandre Prémat and Mike Rockenfeller contest two races in Italy for Audi within one week: The DTM stars at Mugello a week after the 1000 kilometre race at Monza ... 

The Monza scheduleFriday, 25 April12:40 – 13:40 Free Practice 116:25 – 17:25 Free Practice 2Saturday, 26 April10:05 – 11:05 Free Practice 3 13:40 – 14:00 Qualifying (GT cars)14:05 – 14:25 Qualifying (Prototypes)Sunday, 27 April09:00 – 09:20 Warm-up 12:50 – 18:50 Race (173 laps)